April 15, 2018
In this message Clay Monkus explores one of the biggest barriers that we face in really recklessly loving other people in the way that God has called us to. This barrior is our current cultures mindset of “us” versus “them”; that we believe that if you are on the "us" side, then you are good, right, loveable and matter, but if you are on the "them" side, then you are bad, wrong, unloveable and ultimatly don't matter.
This idea does unbelievable damage to us really being able to become reckless lovers. But Jesus attacks this idea that he knows we all struggle with.
Mark 4:35 "That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.”
April 8, 2018
The challenge of love is at the core of Jesus teaching. It is a simple commandment to go and love but one of the hardest things anyone will ever have to do.
So what does it mean to be Reckless? To go and love in a reckless way? Pastor Clay dives into what could be the very thing that changes the landscape of christianity...Love.
April 1, 2018
If you think the death and resurrection of Jesus are unbelievable, this one thing might change your mind.
March 25, 2018
Every day is just a collection of moments. There's 1,440 minutes in every day. 1,440 opportunities for you to connect to the presence of God. The goal comes back to this idea of how many of those minutes can I live in the conscious awareness of God's presence.
Psalm 16:8 says, “I have set the Lord always before me.”
March 18, 2018
Pastor Jospeh teaches us that a life with God gives us courage to chase our own lions.
2 Samuel 23:20-23
20There was also Benaiah son of Jehoiada, a valiant warrior son of Jehoiada, son of Ish-hai. from Kabzeel. He did many heroic deeds, which included killing two champions of Moab. Another time, on a snowy day, he chased a lion down into a pit and killed it. 21Once, armed only with a club, he killed an imposing Egyptian warrior who was armed with a spear. Benaiah wrenched the spear from the Egyptian’s hand and killed him with it. 22Deeds like these made Benaiah as famous as the Three mightiest warriors. 23He was more honored than the other members of the Thirty, though he was not one of the Three. And David made him captain of his bodyguard.
March 11, 2018
Using the story of Jacob, Pastor Brad Medford teaches us that our pride is one of the biggest things that gets in the way of our being able to hear the Soundtrack of God in our life.
March 4, 2018
In this message Pastor Joseph McMurry teaches us that there is something that happens when we realize what we have been given. When someone recommends you for a job or a promotion, when someone appreciates your service and gives you a referral, when you have a need and someone comes through for you. Something happens when we realize what we’ve been given. We become grateful.
Col 4:2 - Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.
When we recognize the presence of God in our lives, the response that makes sense is gratitude.
February 25, 2018
Soundtracks have a way of setting a mood… they help us interpret what is going on. They also add color to things. Just like movie soundtracks have a way of setting a mood or taking us back to a moment, being in the presence of God has that same effect.
February 18, 2018
As we wrap up this amazing series on Frredom with God, we look into the life of Jospeh and ask ourselves, "What story do I want to tell?" Because what is true of yesterday doesn't necessarily have to be true of tomorrow.
February 11, 2018
In Mark 10, we are introduced to a blind man, Bartimaeus, doing what he does every day of his life. He is sitting along the roadside begging. Day after day he does the same thing. You have to imagine that after all these years, resignation has set in. Hoplessness. Then, Jesus walks past, calls him over, asks him a simple question and his life is never the same. And in this simple question Jesus reveals his heart for rescue. He is asking that simple question of you today? What is the question? Listen and find out.
January 28, 2018
Set deep in the heart of every woman are three core desires. 1) To be romanced 2) To play an irreplaceable role and 3) To have a beauty all her own to unveil.
Look at the movies you love and the books you read. Watch little girls at play. You will learn something very important about the feminine soul. These are the desires that shape a woman’s hopes and dreams; they are essential in order to live life as a woman. Most of the time these desires are misplaced, forgotten, or misdirected. But these desires do not simply go away. They go underground and surface later in addiction, control, and shame.
We pay a high price when we neglect the core passions of our God-created hearts.
January 21, 2018
Albert Schweitzer said, “The tragedy of life is what dies inside of a man while he still lives.”
That's too many of our stories. We're alive on the outside and we're dying a little bit more on the inside every single day. What we have to understand is that something has been assaulted. It's been compromised. It's been wounded and it's been surrendered in you. Something is still missing in your life. You were created for something so much more and you know it.
January 14, 2018
For most of us, life feels like a movie we've arrived to forty minutes late.
Sure, good things happen. But tragic things happen, too. What does it mean? We find ourselves in the middle of a story that is sometimes wonderful, sometimes awful, but usually a confusing mixture of both. And we haven't a clue how to make sense of it all. No wonder we keep losing heart.
If you walk into any mall, amusement park, or hospital, you will typically run into a very large map with the famous red star and the encouraging words "You are here." These maps help us orient ourselves and provide perspective on things.
This is the Big Picture. This is where you are in that picture. Hopefully you now know where to go. You have your bearings.
Oh, that we had something like this for our lives.
"This is the Story in which you have found yourself. Here is how it got started. Here is where it went wrong. Here is what will happen next. Now this—this is the role you've been given. If you want to fulfill your destiny, this is what you must do. These are your cues. And here is how things are going to turn out in the end.”
We can discover the Story.
Maybe not perfect clarity. Maybe not in the detail that you would like. But in greater clarity than most of us have now, and that would be worth the price of admission.
I mean, to have some clarity would be gold right now, wouldn't it?
January 7, 2018
This message series is about a subject that has changed the lives of a lot of people in our church. But there's more to it than just that. This series is about the foundational pieces of how we help people grow. How we help people move from surviving to thriving. Really, it’s the foundational piece of all that we do as a church.
But there's so much more to it than that. The message in this series is a message that saved Pastor Clay and his wife from a dead life of religion and disappointment. It is a message that helped him renew his relationship with his three children and re-framed his priorities. It was learned in the midst of one of his most desperate times, and it gave hope when honestly, life didn't seem to have much hope left.
The truths in this series introduced Pastor Clay to a relationship with Jesus that, despite the fact that he'd grown up in church and had been a pastor for 15 years, he never dreamed or imagined could be possible.
And it's done the exact same thing for lots of other people around at Next Level Church.
And here's the good news, it has the potential to do the exact same thing for you.
December 17, 2017
In this message we look beyond the Christmas story to the back story. When Luke goes to write the account of the birth of Jesus, he begins by setting the events in the context of the reign of Caesar Augustus. It's not an accident. Why? What is Luke trying to do? There's a reason why Luke tells us that Jesus' birth occurred during the reign of Caesar Augustus. Luke is contrasting two gospels: the gospel of Caesar (which is not living up to the hype) and the gospel of Jesus.
December 10, 2017
If you at some point in your life, when you were younger, or two years ago, or 20 years ago; if at some point in your life, you prayed a prayer: “Lord Jesus come into my heart or I want to become a Christian or God forgive me of my sin.” And you entered into any kind of relationship with God.
And then as time went by, you just kind of wandered away.
You may have had a bad church experience or your family moved and you just never went back to church or maybe you went to college and you just quit believing. Maybe you just drifted away from your faith. Or there was some tragedy that happened to you and you prayed and prayed and prayed and God didn't answer your prayer.
If any of this is true of you, would you consider coming back to church one more time? If so, we want to invite you to join us this Sunday at Next Level Church. 9:30a or 11:00a
We are a church that, not only understands how you feel, we are a church made up of people just like you. And we want to show you what changed our minds and hearts.
December 3, 2017
God cares way more about how open your heart is than whether you follow the rules. When Jesus is born, God's people are going about their business, walking right by, and then there are these foreigners who come. And out of their darkness, they find themselves in this place full of light because there they are with Christ.
And this is really good news for anybody who feels like they are in a dark place because they stepped out of bounds, because they paid attention to the wrong things, because they tried to find their way and it took them in the wrong direction. And now you're in a dark place and you're afraid there is never any light coming for you.
Maybe you're afraid you've ruled yourself out. You've made yourself ineligible for the light. And you just need to hear this, this Christmas season. That God cares way more about whether your heart is open than whether you've followed all the rules. And this is a light that keeps promising to break in.
November 30, 2017
In this series, we formed a panel from our staff to answer questions about faith and God that were submitted to us online. Panel members include: Clay Monkus, Lead Pastor; Joseph McMurry, Teaching and Family Ministries Pastor; Brad Medford, Student Ministries Pastor; Bruce Jones, Discipleship and Groups Pastor; George Estes, Pastoral Care Pastor.
This is part 2 of that discussion, where we answered the following questions:
- Does God See all sin as equally bad or are there different degrees of sin? Does God see them differently?
- To spread the word of God do you have to go out and preach the bible? Because, what if I don’t know the Bible that well myself?
- What has to be done by someone to be saved?
- Is it possible to be “unsaved” based on our actions?
- Why is it SO hard to accept Jesus’ Love is truly unconditional?
- Do prayers change God’s actions?
- When you have been raped how do you let that go?
- Where is God now? Where is God when it hurts?